City of Toronto shows its pride at rainbow flag-raising event

    TORONTO, June 21 /CNW/ - Residents, volunteers and staff of True Davidson
Acres, one of Toronto's 10 long-term care homes, helped kick-off Pride Week
today and raised a rainbow flag to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness. The
festivities also included a tea dance, barbecue and silent auction in support
of Toronto's Long-Term Care Homes and Services' Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender (LGBT) residents and clients. The celebration will continue into
Sunday, when the home takes part in the Pride Parade.
    Toronto City Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31, Beaches-EastYork) and
Council Speaker and Councillor Sandra Bussin (Ward 32, Beaches-East York) were
joined by Michael Prue, MPP (Beaches East York) and Maria Minna, MP (Beaches
East York) in celebrating the staff, volunteer and resident commitment to all
cultures, faiths and sexual orientations.
    "I am proud the City continues to demonstrate our commitment to the
residents of our long-term care homes," said Councillor Davis. "Respecting and
celebrating the diversity of all residents is the perfect way to kick-off
Pride week."
    During the event, there were also appearances by Lady Phyllis, a social
worker who recently shaved off his beard to raise funds for the LGBT
community, and Michelle DuBarry, a Toronto-area drag performer and last year's
Pride Parade Grand Marshal.
    "Diversity is one of the things that makes Toronto a great city," said
Councillor Bussin. "Pride and the rainbow flag remind us that we need to
nurture and cherish that diversity."
    The staff and residents at True Davidson Acres strongly believe in
fostering a welcoming community for LGBT individuals. The home is committed to
providing quality care, that respects, supports and enables all residents.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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